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After a hiatus from the entertainment industry, Samantha Mumba is back with the promise of new songs in the future. She first debuted in 2000 at 17 years old with the hit single, “Gotta Tell You.” Then, the Irish singer tried her luck at acting and experienced ups and downs in her personal and professional life. Many fans of pop culture from the early aughts wonder where Mumba is now.

Samantha Mumba’s music career soars in the early 2000s

Mumba’s musical breakthrough with “Gotta Tell You” made the top five in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. Billboard even named it No. 74 of the top 100 choruses of the 21st century. The Dublin native could say the year 2000 was one of the best of her life from a career standpoint. This was also the year she also ventured into acting.

Mumba’s film debut was in the 2002 sci-fi, The Time Machine. She played Mara, the love interest of Guy Pearce’s character. Mumba also participated in several independent Irish films. Notably, she received a Choice Music: Best Breakout Artist nomination at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards and a Choice Movie: Best Breakout Artist nomination for her role in The Time Machine at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards.

Mumba’s career took a dip in 2002 when her recording contract prevented her from releasing new music. She went on to participate in MasterChef Ireland and co-host/appear in several British and Irish talk-show programs.

Family affected Mumba’s time out of the spotlight

Samantha Mumba poses for the cameras at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards
2000s pop icon Samantha Mumba at the 2019 British Academy Britannia Awards | Morgan Lieberman/WireImage

According to Irish Examiner, Mumba now lives with her husband, a policeman named Torray Scales. Motherhood has been one of the definitive steps in her life. Mumba has a 6-year-old daughter, Sage, and has spoken out about juggling family and work, especially after Sage’s birth.

The now-38-year-old explains that family is important to her. She said, “Even at the height of fame, I was surrounded by the same friends and family. My aunt Christina was my tour manager, so I always had people around me who had my best interests at heart who protected me.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, Mumba stayed in her LA home with her husband and daughter rather than visit Ireland to see family. She lost her father in 2020 — one of the biggest hurdles in her life, considering that her family members were all in Ireland at the time. As VIP reports, she’s still working through the loss, so it’s difficult to speak about it.

An exciting future for Samantha Mumba


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Mumba revealed that she is excited to be a judge on the Irish singing game show, Last Singer Standing. She is happy that the talent show will boost the entertainment industry, especially after the effects of COVID-19.

Mumba also returned to the music world with two songs, “Cool” and “Process.” The lyrics to the latter reflect the difficulties people encounter and provide hope that things will get better when they trust the process. Aside from the two singles, Mumba also promises her fans that she will “absolutely” release a full album in the future.